No doubt Georgia fans everywhere held their collective breath at the sight of 350-pound nose tackle John Jenkins having to lean on a pair of trainers to limp off the field in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 41-20 win over Missouri.
Fortunately, the injury wasn't nearly as bad it might have seen.
"It was my big toe," Jenkins explained Tuesday. "Somebody from Missouri stepped on it. I was in pain."
But no longer:
Jenkins practiced Monday and is on schedule to play when the Bulldogs (2-0) entertain Florida Atlantic (1-1) Saturday night at Sanford Stadium (7:30, CSS).
Although Jenkins did not return after leaving the game early in the fourth quarter, he certainly liked what he saw from his teammates, particularly teammate Jarvis Jones who almost single-handedly destroyed whatever chances the Tigers had for a comeback.
Jenkins laughed that he was particularly impressed with the linebacker's interception return, which he brought back 21 yards to the Missouri 1 before being tackled.
"We get on each other all the time, so when I saw the film of him juking the quarterback, I was actually impressed," Jenkins said. "He looked incredible out there."
Mums still the word
Linebacker Chase Vasser and cornerback Sanders Commings have served their suspensions and will play against Florida Atlantic.
But as far as the futures of linebacker Alec Ogletree and safety Bacarri Rambo, head coach Mark Richt still isn't saying.
"We'll wait to see for sure what happens," said Richt, who added there are no methods for athletes to have suspensions reduced.
Russ ready for his promotion
One of the highlights of Saturday's game will be the promotion of interim mascot Russ to that of Uga IX.
Official ceremonies will be conducted prior to Saturday's game, set 7:30 p.m.
"Uga is big, I know that. Early in my career I was the head coach, Coach (Vince) Dooley was the AD, Michael Adams was the president. We took a trip to D.C., and when we got there there were lines forming to take pictures with me and Coach Dooley and President Adams," Richt said. There was a massive crowd around Uga. It was 10-to-1, all of us put together versus Uga. Uga is big. He's been on the cover of Sports Illustrated over the years. It's a big deal. I think Russ has earned his stripes, and I think Russ is ready. He had a good offseason too from what I heard."
According to Georgia officials, Saturday's contest is a sellout.
Richardson offers apology
Richt confirmed that Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson did in fact approach him after last Saturday's game.
"Sheldon basically said it was a good game, and coach I have a lot of respect for you and your team. He said he didn't mean to disrespect," Richt said. "You could tell he was sincerely a pretty good guy. I thought it was big of him to grab me and say that he had a lot of respect for our program and our team. He's a good player."
Earlier last week, Richardson created a stir when he commented that he thought Georgia played "old man football" following the Bulldogs' season-opening win over Buffalo.
This and that
Richt said cornerback Malcolm Mitchell will stay on defense for now. "Right now he's going to continue to be in the defensive room. For how long, I don't know. I don't know if it will stay that way for the whole year, but for right now he needs to continue to work there. We want to have an offensive package for him. We would have had something for him this past game if it wasn't for the injury and trying to see if he could come back from that. We didn't want to do too much with him to overload the ankle. This week he'll stay in the defensive room."
Linebacker Jarvis Jones added another national award Tuesday, earning the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week award.
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